This time around, though, I've got a few questions. Anyone who's farther along in the series and thus knows the answers (or can explain to me why they're dumb questions) please leave a comment.
In no particular order:
1. I can understand why Wrath can't contract even the common rhinovirus from a human (and, more importantly, not HIV), but the rest of the Brotherhood aren't pure blood vampires, so why are they immune? (If the answer is, "They just are, damn it," I'm cool with that.)
2. Okay, so they're immune from human viruses. And they can heal really fast from any wound short of amputation. How do they get headaches, then? As I understand it, there are tons of serious causes of headaches (e.g., Rift Valley Fever, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and increased intercranial pressure) but basically, a headache occurs when something is irritating some pain receptors inside the head. Well, wouldn't those same super-fast healing qualities make the headache go away super-fast? (And, in case you're still doubting this is a sensible question, consider that other vascular-rich organ south of the border -- that certainly seems to recover super-fast, right?)
3. There's something odd about this business of the Change. For one thing, it seems like a really bad adaptation from an evolutionary point of view. You can't be sure when it's going to happen, you are a 98-pound weakling before it happens, it can kill you really easily (inadvertent exposure to light; no one suitable around to uh, "feed" you; etc.), and so forth. Heck, who cares about the Lessers: there would seem to be enough "attrition" from sheer biological losses that you could just let vampires be and they'd die off on their own. So -- why do they have to go through the Change? And why in two millennia has it not gotten easier, safer, or developed a better set of warning signs?
4. Does anyone else just skip all the sections dealing with Mr. X and the rest of the Lessers, or is that just me? When a book is 450 pages long, and my TBR piles have eaten a six-foot-long bench, and Mr. X is just boring, why read that stuff? I want more of the 7-foot-tall hawt vamps!
5. Who stuck Wrath with the sobriquet, "The Blind King"? The heck with the punishment for Rhage -- I want see the dude who came up with that name get whipped with the "three-tailed pinecone lash." Wrath was a cool dude before that label was stuck on him; now he sounds like something out of Mother Goose or the Brothers Grimm.
6. Why are none of these guys gay? Now, I gather that as the series
7. Oh, and about those leathers. Who cleans them? Or, more to the point (because I imagine poor Fritz gets stuck with that job -- there's a reason doggens have such a canine-sounding name: they are loyal and obedient to a fault), HOW does one clean Brotherhood leathers? Take Rhage for example: He goes commando, has some serious adventures that are either strenuous, arousing, or both, and then changes into fresh leathers. But how does the pair he just stripped off get "fresh" for the next adventure?
8. I understand about all the meaningless sex Rhage has to have to keep his inner beast in check. And how he can wipe the memory of the female he's coupled with so they don't remember him. But someone "normal" has to have noticed the fangs, right? Particularly at restaurants, when he's eating and otherwise using his mouth for normal mouthy things. Do the Brothers have some sort of blanket memory shield that keep the concepts "7-foot-tall gorgeous guy" and "fangs" from getting linked in anyone's short-term memory banks?
9. This one is a stupid question, and I really don't mean to be annoying (which is to say, I realize I am annoying, I just lack the specific intent for it to be criminal), but I have to ask it. We have a handful of gorgeous guys, and only one is mated when the series starts. Why? The Brothers have been alive for hundreds of years, met myriads of human and vampire women, and only now they're bonding? Doesn't that seem implausible?
10. Last question, I promise. What's "Wellsie" short for?